Student Services Center

Student Employment works with all University departments and the community to create part-time and summer employment opportunities for students. As part of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, we administer the Federal Work-Study Program university-wide. The purpose of Student Employment is to aid students in obtaining employment that will help finance their education and develop work skills for their future career choice.

Student Employment is a resource for job-seeking students and hosts an online jobs database called Handshake.

The best way for prospective employers to reach Grand Valley students is through Handshake where you can post and manage your job posting, customize a job application, and track student applicants.

We look forward to working with you!

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Handshake is the job sharing platform that Grand Valley uses to help students find their future employers. Not only does Handshake help students locate on or off-campus employment, it also has the ability to connect students to internships, part-time employment or even a career after graduation. Students also have the ability to narrow down their search based on their skill set or in a field they are interested in.


In addition to helping students find employment, Handshake is a great tool for on-campus employers to locate student employees for their department. After signing up for an account supervisors can post jobs, review applications and connect with potential student employees.


Handshake isn't just limited to the Grand Valley community. Handshake can be a great tool for a variety of bussinesses and employers to search for, interview, and hire employees. Handshake is also a useful tool for those looking for in-home employees such as a nanny, tutor, housekeeper or assistant.

Fun Facts
There are over 4,500 student employees working on Grand Valley's campuses throughout the year
Research studies show that 10-15 hours of employment per week is often associated with a higher GPA and an increase in skills, such as time management
Handshake is updated daily with new job postings for students to apply for

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We'd love to speak with you. Feel free to call our office at (616) 331-3238  or email us at [email protected]

Disclaimer: Grand Valley State University Student Employment maintains this web site as a service to GVSU students. The presence of job announcements on this site does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from GVSU or Student Employment. Students are urged to perform due diligence when applying for or accepting private off-campus employment.

Page last modified May 22, 2023